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      investment in training for adult health and social care professionals...
   Activate Learning, a pioneering education group based in Oxford, are creating new learning programmes and investing in facilities, specifically to support and up­skill today’s adult health and social care professionals.
With an aging population, at least another 1.6 million workers will be required in adult social care by 2022, making it one of the fastest growing industries in the UK.
However, as detailed in a report by Skills for Care on the state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England, it is estimated that just under 340,000 social care employees leave their jobs each year. Plus, on average, in care homes there are about 2,800 unfilled manager jobs at any one time.
Working in social care can be incredibly rewarding. But today’s professionals face increased workloads and reduced budgets, often in under­staffed settings because of national shortages, which can be frustrating and demoralising. Plus, they are expected to do more, at a
higher skill level, due to reductions in available clinical staff.
Laura Asbridge, Director for the Services to the Public Faculty at Activate Learning, said: “One of our objectives at Activate Learning is to provide an innovative, responsive curriculum that builds a talent pipeline, fit for the health and social care industry. We want to not only increase the number of students wanting to work in care, but up­skill and give confidence to the existing workforce to help prevent them from leaving the profession.
“We have recently started programmes, at City of Oxford College, designed to build on existing knowledge and skills, all within a context of what is required in today’s industry. We also understand that programmes need to be flexible, so most are part­time or one­day courses, combining work­based learning with academic study.”
John McLaughlin, CEO of mental health charity RESPONSE, said: “We know that
the demand for people to work in the care sector is growing fast. Our population is ageing and the number of people facing complex issues is on the rise. We want to support Activate Learning in ensuring that students get the best possible education, backed­up with real work experience and direct career opportunities.”
Laura Asbridge continues: “All our teachers have significant experience in the health and social care industry, across all disciplines, including dementia, so they know exactly what it takes. Especially as dementia is now the leading cause of disability and dependency among the elderly”
“We have already run a series of successful one­day training workshops, ‘Caring for an Elderly Person’. It teaches carers how to help elderly people in the home setting, covering basics such as nutrition, how to encourage independence, dementia requirements, how to adapt to complex care needs and how to move the elderly person in a

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